My Booze-y Mint Sangria

Happy March, everyone! We survived the cold & boring months of January & February… so I think it’s time for a little celebration. What better way to celebrate the warmer weather than a pitcher of sangria! While sangria can be a bit more of a summer drink, here’s my recipe for Mint Sangria – it’s less sweet than usual, making it perfect for the Spring season.

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Here’s what you’ll need to make ONE pitcher of Mint Sangria:

  • 1 bottle of cheap white wine
  • 1 can of apple cider, preferably a less sweet brand!
  • 2 handfuls of strawberry halves
  • 1/2 navel orange, segmented
  • 1/2 grapefruit, in 2 quarters
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 2 lemon wedges
  • Fresh mint, as much as your personal preference (I like lots!)
  • Club soda

love this recipe for a couple reasons. Firstly, it’s not overly sweet, which is perfect for a Spring afternoon with friends. The bitterness of the grapefruit helps to balance out the sweetness from the berries. Secondly, it’s very booze-y! Since I’ve replaced most of the club soda with apple cider, this sangria has more alcohol per glass (wooo!).

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What time of white wine should you choose?

Go for a drier and less sweet white wine, like a Pinot Grigio! It’s important that you don’t use a sweeter wine like Moscato, because the fruits will bring enough sweetness to the drink. As well, always buy the cheapest wine! No point in spending a bunch of money on wine that you’re going to use for sangria.

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Should I mix the ingredients in any specific order?

Take your pitcher and add all your wine & cider first, so that you have a better understanding for how booze-y your sangria is going to be. Next, add all your fruits & squeeze the fresh lime into the pitcher. Load up the pitcher with as much fresh mint as your heart desires, and let it sit in the fridge for at least 8 hours. I don’t add my club soda during the soaking process, since the drink will loose much of its fizz. Instead, top off each glass with the club soda to give each drink a fizzy kick!

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Optional step: Grab yourself a big jar with a straw, and have yourself a booze-y time!

Thirsty yet? Have a go at my Booze-y Mint Sangria, share it on social media. Make sure to take @mikerizzi!

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